I took Mariah to The Hunger Games movie on Tuesday. We are both huge fans of the book, so we were really looking forward to seeing it. I wasn’t very familiar with the actors before watching this film, but I thought Josh Hutcherson was a very believable Peeta, and Jennifer Lawrence did a phenomenal job bringing Katniss to life. I was worried that some scenes would be difficult for a 12 year old girl, but I was happy to see they toned down the violence to what I feel was an acceptable level for this movie. They did a great job of sticking to the original story, but there were some things they left out that I felt were important to the story, or would have enhanced it just a bit more, that I wish they had added. The movie would have been tops on my list had I not read the books, but I did, and like usual, I did think the book was better. You just get so much more- background, emotion, and imagination from reading the books. So, if you haven’t read the books, you are missing out on a lot! Overall, I think the movie was great and I can’t wait for it to come out on dvd.
My mother, on the other hand, had issues with me taking my 12 year old daughter, though she has not read the books. She was just basing her opinion of the movie on the snippets she’s heard from others, which drives me nuts! Yes, it has violence and is a bit twisted at times, but I feel in this story, those things were needed to get a bigger message across. I try to teach my girls that it is not attractive, funny, or cute to act stupid, be a party girl, or have a me me me mentality, but with the media throwing girls like Kim Kardashian and Snookie in our faces constantly, it can be a struggle at times. I think I was so drawn to the books because Katniss is a girl with integrity, values, and grit- a real role model for girls. She puts everyone else’s needs ahead of her own, and stands up for what she believes in. I admire those qualities in a person, and hope I am teaching my girls the same, so that is what I am hoping my daughter takes from the story.